Out of all the fashion weeks around the world – all eyes definitely fall on Paris Fashion Week, where hot trends are picked off right off the runway. While you may not picture yourself wearing any one of these looks out on the street anytime soon, it’s always good to take note of the concepts and themes of every collection for inspiration while putting together your fall wardrobe. Some of our favorite trends that came out of Paris Fashion Week included: Stella McCartney’s “tractor soles”, menswear slacks, the return of the 1990s (think back to Courtney Love, baby doll dresses, plaid, and wet hair), and purple as a statement color.
Check out below for some of our favorite looks featuring our favorite Asian models!
Typically speaking, a mouth full of metal often make us think of those awkward adolescent years that we would actually rather not think about. This does not seem to be the case, however, for Asia who has its teenagers dishing out $100 just for a pair of fake braces. This fashion statement has been spreading throughout Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
So why fake braces? While we may find this fad strange, further inspection helps us understand why such a trend has surfaced. Fake braces appears to be first and foremost a status symbol. Often, dental care in these areas is considered a luxury. Braces can run for about $1,200 – a very difficult price for many average families. So while we have our fake designer bags, they have fake braces. Furthermore, fake braces remain to be fashion statement. Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty are two of the more popular designs available in fake braces. Even we can find some relation to this trend with the obvious rise of Geek Chic. Some of our biggest stars embrace the culture such as Katy Perry in her music video Last Friday Night.
As expected, such a item doesn’t come without its share of risks. Reminding us of another peculiar trend Big Eye Contacts (unprescribed contacts which made the eye appear bigger than it actually was), fake braces have caused a number of health concerns. Some of the braces contain lead and they all are huge choking hazards because of the amateur methods of placing the braces in ones mouth. Vice.com informs us that fake braces have led to the deaths of two teens in Thailand. Governments have been cracking down on this dangerous item and vendors of this product may be charged up to six months in prison and a $1,3000 fine.
Olivia Lopez has got a Lust for Life.
Olivia is a Filipino-Chinese-Spanish American 18-year-old fashion blogger from Southern California. Recognized in the blog world for her free spirited and experimental style, it’s crazy to think that all this creativity comes from someone so young. As of right now, Olivia has 14,073 fans, and 153 looks on Lookbook.nu, not to mention a cult following on her blog site. With a spot as a guest blogger for Olsenboye as well as the numerous modeling gigs she has under her belt (she is the face of the latest Pain de Sucre lookbook shot by Harper’s Bazaar photographer Sylvie Malfray), she is definitely a face to look out for.
The military trend has been around for a while, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going away any time soon. It’s one of those trends that can be incorporated in our wardrobe no matter what season it is. From vests to shoes to coats, the fashion world has put out a wide variety of military pieces. Here, I showcase three of my own and recommend ways to wear them.
If you plan on layering on military outerwear, the key is to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Military outerwear are standout pieces, with all the decorated buttons that fill the front, the sleeves and possibly even the shoulders.
Bold Colors: You never want to look like you’re trying too hard by mixing too many eye-catching pieces, but you still want to stand out somehow. Keep your outfit simple and stray away from crazy prints and textures, but add some bold colors, such as royal purple, electric blue or red. I am simply wearing a little black dress beneath my military coat, but spicing it up with matching purple shoes and clutch. I’m also wearing a gold ring and gold earrings to tie in the gold handle on my clutch.
Basics: If you feel your military piece is enough of a statement, feel free to just keep the rest of your look clean and simple. I am wearing a plain tank top beneath my vest, paired with black skinny jeans and knee-high boots. Because of the detailing on my collar, I added a similarly textured snake bracelet.
Here are some military coats available right now that will keep you looking chic through the winter.
Military or combat boots (whatever you want to call them) are everywhere. They are super easy to find, and I see them in all the shoe shops I walk into or all the online shopping websites that carry shoes.
Since military boots have a very worn-out, vintage look, I decided mine would go really well with my distressed gray denim shorts. This look is meant to be more laid-back and rough, so I wore a slightly loose white t-shirt and fingerless half leather gloves.
Military boots are easy to find, but I’ve compiled a list here to make shopping easier for you.
Ever spot one of those super-stylish trends, but don’t know how it could possibly ever go with anything in your closet? Our resident student-by-day, stylista-by-night shows us how to take these trends and make them work with our everyday wardrobe. Her first tackle: lace-up booties.
My new-found love: my vintage lace-up booties. They’re not only easy to match with, but they also give an edge to my casual outfits. Plus, they’re comfortable and not hard to walk in at all; I can be in them for hours. Mine are Jeffrey Campbell’s Loggins that I bought in Nordstrom. Here are some of my favorite looks to go with my booties:
Neutrals is another trend that’s been around for a while. When people want to wear pants for a casual look, they usually go for jeans. But I say try khaki; it gives you a more laid-back, relaxed feel. I paired my khaki pants with a white tank-top and a cropped vest.
Pants from Mango, tank-top from boutique in Hong Kong, vest from London Jean through Victoria’s Secret.
Distressed Denim Shorts
Since my booties are kind of vintage, I like to stick to the theme and match them with my distressed denim shorts. My legs aren’t long so my shorts tend to be really short. The booties already cut off a section of your legs that can be seen, so stay away from longer shorts or capris because they will give the illusion of short legs and you don’t want that! For my top, I wore a loose vest and a thin cardigan.
Shorts from boutique in Hong Kong, tank-top from Mango, cardigan from Bershka, belt from Esprit.
The typical way to wear denim with boots is to tuck them in, but cuffing them slightly can make your look more casual. The boots will stand out more especially if the color of your denim is similar to the color of your boots. To spice up my look, I went for a knit off-shoulder top.
Jeans from Bershka, knit-top from ArdenB.
Another trendy way to wear your booties is with knee-high or over-the-knee socks. They go well with mid-thigh skirts. For the winter, try woolen skirts. The ones pictured here are all from ASOS.
We’ve also compiled some of our favorite lace-up heeled booties that you can find online!
I love fast fashion — I’m too much of a chameleon and suffer from fashion-ADD, so I need my fast fashion fix as often as I need coffee. But one spring trend featured in Audrey Magazine’s Spring issue – bold florals — I can’t get enough of.
In both bright prints (Liberty of London’s collection for Target exemplifies the trend) as well as flower-shaped accessories, florals are the easiest way to update your spring wardrobe. And with the weather slowly warming up, flowers feel so right right now.
So of course, you take fast fashion, mix it with florals, and I’m hooked. I love Vera Wang’s ultra-affordable line for Kohl’s, Simply Vera. She’s got the flower accessory trend down, and the bright pink hue is so addictive!
I also love the fact that model Shu Pei Qin is modeling this season’s campaign. She’s one model that’s really growing on me.
And there are plenty of florals to pick from that you can wear now, whether a billowy dress paired with tights or a smile-inducing tee with a chiffon trimmed cardigan and boyfriend jeans.